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Characters Introduced in the First Film
Portrayed by: Jennifer Love HewittThe main female protagonist of the first two films. One night, on the fourth of July, she and her friends accidently run over a man and leave him to die. They make an agreement not to talk about it. The next year she and her friends and aquiantences who had little to nothing do with the incident, are all stalked by a serial killer who knew what they did. It's revealed that the so called innocent man they ran over was the killer himself, and that he wasn't innocent to begin with.In the second film she wins a vacation to the Bahamas, and goes along with her friends, but is once again stalked by the killer. She ends up confessing the truth to her new friends, and one of them is revealed to be the killer's son.
Portrayed by: Freddie Prinze JrThe main male protagonist of the first two films. He was one of the teenagers who run over a man on the fourth of July. While he promised not to speak of it, Ray decides to look into it for closure. He is breifly suspected to be the killer himself before Ben reveals himself. Together, Ray and Julie defeat the killer, but still don't confess of the incident.In the second film, he and Julie are in a relationship. When Ray discovers the killer is still alive, and when Julie heads to the Bahamas, he ends up having to go rescue her and her friends. They manage to kill Ben and his son for real in the final showdown. A year later, he and Julie move in together.
Portrayed by: Sarah Michelle GellarJulie's friend and Barry's girlfriend. She was one of the teenagers who hit the Fisherman in the first place. It all started when she one local beauty pagent, and her friends went celebrating. The Fisherman aparently knew this because the next year he broke into her house and shaved her head. She is killed shortly after her boyfriend. In the second movie, it's shown that Julie still misses her.
Barry Willaim Cox
Portrayed by: Ryan PhillippeHelen's boyfriend. He was one who made everyone promise not to talk about the accident. When the killer stalks them, he becomes paranoid that someone mouthed offed about the incident. The paranoia takes his Jerkass level Up to Eleven. He is killed during a beauty pagent.
The Fisherman/Ben WillisThe Big Bad of the movies - Starts off as a man who blamed his would be son in law for his daughter's death since he survived the car wreck that killed her. On the way home from killing him, he is run over and left to die by the main characters. He survived and stalked them the next summer, killing anyone who stood in his way. When it was down to Ray and Julie, he was defeated and left to die, again.In the second film he returns to exact vengence on Julie and Ray, this time working with his son. He stalks Julie to the Bahama's during storm season so they can't leave. He is finally defeated and killed in the final showdown.In the third film, he is made into an urban legend, and was the subject of a prank played by a new group of teenagers. Said prank ends up killing one of their friends. The next summer, someone is stalking them and they suspect a copycat killer. Turns out to be the original killer, who somehow was ressurected as a zombie/ghost like entity.
Characters introduced in the second film
Portrayed by: BrandyJulie's best friend and roommate. She encourages Julie to go on a trip to the Bahamas with her and their friends. She is aware of the killings in the first film but was unaware of the events that led up to them.
Will BensonOne of Julie's new friends who joins her on the trip to the Bahama's. During the trip, he grows close to Julie. Later revealed to be the son of Ben Willis and his accomplice in his second murder spree. He is accidently killed by his father in the final fight.
Tyrell MartinKarla's boyfriend, who attends the trip to the Bahamas. He doesn't belive Julie's story about Ben at first, when he actually see's dead bodies, and finds someone tried to kill Julie, he got involved. He was later killed by Ben before the climax.
Characters introduced in the third film